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Bell Witch/Aerial Ruin's 'Unfamiliar Times' Playlist

With everyone sequestered and self-quarantining due to the coronavirus, we’ve asked our favorite artists to come up with playlists that keep you entertained. Here is the combo of Seattle doom metal duo Bell Witch and folk singer Aerial Ruin: Quarantine has been a time of uncertainty, confusion, and crisis. It has also proven to be […]

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The Blue Stones' 'Snapshots of Quarantine' Playlist

With everyone sequestered and self-quarantining due to the coronavirus, we’ve asked our favorite artists to come up with playlists that keep you entertained. Here is alternative duo the Blue Stones: Music has always painted pictures in my mind. A good song will not only make you feel happy, alive, or understood; but it can transport […]

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The Habits' 'The After Party' Playlist

With everyone sequestered and self-quarantining due to the coronavirus, we’ve asked our favorite artists to come up with playlists that keep you entertained. Here is alt-indie duo the Habits Andrew and I wanted to curate a playlist that reflects us as music lovers. It’s full of left turns and unexpected vibes. It’s an emotional rollercoaster […]

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Desperado Orchestra‘s New Single ‘Just Dancin’ Now Has A Music Video

Last week, Desperado Orchestra released his newest single titled ‘Just Dancin,’ and this week, he has also shared the visuals to accompany his latest song. His strength lies in his ambition to promote and teach music lovers and people in general, about the African heritage, whether in music, dance, or other forms of art. The […]

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Don't Give Me Your Soul: The Oral History of Sonic Youth's 'Goo'

By 1990, Sonic Youth no longer belonged to the cool kids. Before Goo was released that June, they were a band you had to read about in music magazines, as none of the record shops in our area carried the SST catalog. Now signed to the newly established Geffen subsidiary DGC, they were no longer […]

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Blue Chips: June 2020 in New Hip-Hop

Blue Chips is a monthly rap column that doubles as a scouting report. Each month, SPIN selects a new starting five, a group of rappers who could be Rookie of the Year candidates turned Hall-of-Famers or forgettable flashes in the pan. Only the passing seasons (and the number of streams) will tell. To read previous columns, click […]

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Destroy Boys' 'June Gloom' Playlist

With everyone sequestered and self-quarantining due to the coronavirus, we’ve asked our favorite artists to come up with playlists that keep you entertained. Here is Sacramento-based rockers Destroy Boys: Alexia Roditis (vocals) Nirvana – “On A Plain” Lately I’ve been pissed at the world and agro. I listen to this song and feel my angsty […]

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Bob Dylan’s 'Rough and Rowdy Ways' Paints A New Masterpiece

For six decades, Bob Dylan has proven completely peerless. His lyrics especially have redefined risk-taking and boundary-pushing in popular song. His eyes have always been on the horizon. On his 39th studio album, he looks inward to explore the undiscovered country of his own heart, mind, and creative process. Rough and Rowdy Days is a typically […]

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Nahko Pushes Towards Progress and Healing on New LP

When singer and songwriter Nahko Bear wrote “Dear Brother” for Nahko and Medicine for the People’s fourth album, Take Your Power Back, it wasn’t to charge up the masses to fight against racial injustice and police brutality in 2020. It was written in 2014 — a year after the Black Lives Matter Movement was born and during the […]